blowhard

noun
blow·​hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio) \
plural blowhards

Definition of blowhard

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.— Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.— Thomas E. Ricks

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Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else

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The character who calls himself a king is an utter blowhard. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "‘Nobody in This Book Is Going to Catch a Break’: Téa Obreht on “Inland”," 28 Aug. 2019 Politicians, brands, and blowhards were the enemies, and few places were so willing to point them out to the younger set. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life," 11 July 2019 The smoker blowhards could talk to you about smoking meat until 2038. Jason Gay, WSJ, "17 Rules for Your Fourth of July Cookout," 28 June 2019 But yeah, either way, making JJJ a blowhard feels like a natural progression for the character. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 SNL’s Trump is a blowhard, a depiction that few Trump supporters would deny is rooted somewhere in reality. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "So it’s come to this: a defense of SNL’s over-obvious sendup of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 Choppy ice conditions kept causing pucks to wobble, a product of 90-degree temperatures outside (and not hot air wheezed by blowhards whining about an expansion team’s success). Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 In what are probably Sen. John McCain’s last months, the former POW and Republican presidential nominee has been denounced as a traitor, a collaborator, an egomaniac, a blowhard, a fake, a liberal and, worst of all, irrelevant. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Hating McCain: Grant, Ted Kennedy and Nixon got a break at the end. But times change.," 23 May 2018 Conservative blowhards are quick to tell black people that slavery was something a few white men did centuries ago. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Free Thought Is for White People," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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blowhard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

US, informal + disapproving : a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike

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